Currently, 3 in 5 countries in Africa do not criminalize marital rape. Four percent of women in Africa have experienced physical or sexual violence. In West and Central Africa, 1 in 4 girls gets pregnant before the age of 18. In 13 countries in Africa, over 50% of girls have undergone female genital mutilation. By focusing on four core rights areas, the State of African Women Report reveals that in many African countries gender-based violence, harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage, HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health and rights persist to be a challenge facing many women.
Based on a thorough review of the implementation of policy frameworks such as the Maputo Protocol on the Rights of Women (2003), the State of African Women Campaign (SoAWC) aims to promote the implementation of Africa Union policy frameworks by mapping the gaps between rights and their realities on the ground. The 3-year advocacy, communication and awareness raising campaign #RightByHer is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of eight partners under the lead of International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPF AR). The State of African Women Report provides an in-depth analysis of achievements and the gaps in the implementation of women’s rights commitments. It brings together a unique coalition of youth-serving organizations, faith leaders, activists including parliamentarians, journalists, young women leaders, first ladies as its champions.